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    World Champion Climber. Future Olympian. Canadian.

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    MP

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    Hello Sean,
    Congrats for the win in ANW USA vs The world.
    you are a driving force for a lot of people thanks !
    if I’m not wrong you never attend the French version of ninja warrior. is there a reason for that ?
    To me and without lake of respect for the candidates, your level is too high so that could kill the show.
    I know very well chambery but I didn’t have the honor to know you before you go back to Canada.
    take care and thanks again.
    michel

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      Sean McColl

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      Hi Michel,
      I actually did the French version of Ninja Warrior in 2017 but it didn’t go very well. I wasn’t invited this year in 2018 which is the call of the producers I believe. Maybe next year!
      Cheers
      Sean

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      Malte simonsen

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      Hi Sean.
      What is your most use pieCe of climbing equipment?
      And your favorite?
      Best wishes Malte

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        Sean McColl

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        Hi Malte,
        Interesting question. My favourite piece of climbing equipment is a lucky piece of clothing I have.
        I don’t really have a most used piece, as it cycles all the time… Not counting when they wear out and have to replace them, my most used are SCARPA Dragos!
        Cheers,
        Sean

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    sloane betker

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    what is your job when you are not climbing sloane thanks

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      Sean McColl

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      Climbing is my full time career now. When I’m not training or competing, I do a lot of planning, organizing, and writing.

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    Vicente

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    hi sean! i was wondering ig you are planning to pusj your limits on rocks and tryhard a little bit more, maybe try to redpoint 9a+ or v15? cheers

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      Sean McColl

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      Yes, I am. For the record, I’ve already red-pointed one V15.
      Cheers,
      Sean

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    basil k wilson

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    hi sean i am a huge fan from india. i saw you first time in american ninja warrior usa vs the world. absolutely amazing performance , how you destroyed stage 2 and stage 3 were mind blowing. i just wanted to say that you are my inspiration to become an athlete . thank you for changing my life.
    cheers
    basil.

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      Sean McColl

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      Awesome, glad I can provide you inspiration!
      Have fun.
      Sean

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    Sean

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    My name is also sean mccoll, I’m not a famous rock climber though 🙁

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    April dupuis-Bissonnette

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    hI sEAN,
    my 16yr old son is a competitive climber in Waterloo, Ontario. we are currently preparing to relocate to Saanich, B.C. to transfer to Stelly’s Secondary School and Climbing Academy. A huge move, all for the purpose of maximizing Cameron’s exposure to better training/coaching and some of the best climbing in canada. I see from interviews online, that you are familiar with this world class facility. We would value your perspective on the level of training that Boulders Climbing Gym has to offer a dedicated young athlete, and your opinion on the advantages of relocating to Beautiful B.C. to pursue Cam’s passion for bouldering.

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      Sean McColl

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      Hi April,
      This is more of a personal question that is best answered by email.
      Cheers,
      Sean

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    matt Shapiro

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    hey Sean,

    I am wondering what kinds of things you do in your training to prepare for more Comp-style climbing? Exercises, supplemental sports, activities or games that help with the coordination side

    thanks!

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      Sean McColl

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      Hi Matt,
      I just do those comp style boulders. I have a background in Soccer and I’ve always been fascinated with gymnastics and parcour so I analyze and try to repeat.
      Cheers,
      Sean

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    Claire neri

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    Hi Sean,
    You are SUPERb!
    Such a delight watching you compete on anw…
    Stay awesome!
    Cheers,
    Claire 🙂

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      Sean McColl

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      Competing on ANW is definitely a blast! Hope they let me create a Team Canada for 2019!

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    Marek

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    Hi Sean,

    Whatever happened with your appeal in the ifsc innsbruck world comp?

    Thanks,

    – Marek

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      Sean McColl

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      Hi Marek,
      My initial appeal was denied, and my verbal social media appeal was completely ignored by the IFSC.
      Cheers,
      Sean

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    Jason

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    Do you use, or find benefits of using liquid chalk when you climb outside, even when it’s not humid? and, this may be difficult to answer, do you find a big difference between Flashed Podium liquid chalk verses Mammut’s?

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      Sean McColl

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      Yes, and yes. Actually when it’s dry, I find liquid chalk helps and I just don’t let it dry 100% before I get on, keeps it a bit moist IMO. The difference between Mammut and Flashed is mostly in how they feel, how fast they dry and a bit of their composition.

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